I was able to attend a Sabbath Rest in the Smoky Mountains – far away from work and electronic media. It was just what the doctor ordered, mentally and spiritually. I spent some time trying to capture the misty mountains and hills. I asked a regular visitor if they ever had a clear day, and he said that this was clear. The word “sabbath” comes from a Hebrew word which means to cease. Cease from your usual work and activity and spend some time with the creator. This is one of the goals for Two Book Retreats, to combine art, nature and scriptural reflection.
best view of the mountains and hills
an old silo and shed
where I stopped for lunch
sunrise over a cabin
There is a show from class members of Nancy Macgregor’s Watercolor Class at The Madison Christian Community (http://www.madisonchristiancommunity.org/).
Around the Color Wheel
I was off near twilght for a walk along the Yahara River to Tenney Locks. It was a great time to observe the color of the sky (orange) reflected in the water. This might be a location for the Bridges Class.
I was not the only viewer
sun behind the clouds
Note the colors in the water
sky over jetty rocks
the other direction
Two Books Retreats will work with Nancy Macgregor to present the Bridges class again. It will be a six week class on Mondays starting in June. We will select new locations along the Yahara River in Madison. Details to follow soon.
class at work
bridge in progress
two ways to see, brush and smart phone
I’ve been taking a class with Nancy Macgregor on “a bold approach” to watercolor. We have worked on a few assignments. Some has been fun, some frustrating, but all of it an adventure into the worlds of color and composition. Below are some photos. The students will be hanging an exhibit at the Madison Christian Community on Old Sauk Road in Madison – this is a unique location where two congregations share a building. I will be joining the fun as the amatuerist of amateurs.
a free background
carvings and figures
Still life started
Still life, realistic
bold still life
still life study
We have had to change the day from Friday to Thursday this week.
We will meet at the Rutledge Bridge. Parking is available on the street or at Bethany Church.
the trees have leaves now
Ducks like this waterway
Lake Monona is nearby
We had perfect weather to face the challenge of the Jennifer Street Bridge. This is a pedestrian bridge. We encountered pedestrians, fisherman, boats, kayaks, ducks, jumping fish, birds and a muskrat in the water.
Work in progress
We are on week Five already! Here are some views. Don’t worry about the one with snow, it was from the distant past.